John Cena has provided the most definitive hint yet about when he plans to conclude his wrestling career.
Recent years have seen escalating speculation regarding Cena’s retirement, particularly as his appearances in WWE matches have become more infrequent. Cena’s latest bout for WWE occurred at Crown Jewel 2023, where he defeated by Solo Sikoa.
In an interview with ET Online to promote his new film Argylle, John spoke candidly about the end of his wrestling career.
“I never wanted to go out there just for the sake of going out there. And I’m gonna be 47 this year. I feel great. So inside I feel great, but I know what it takes to be a WWE performer night in and night out and I don’t ever wanna just go out there and do it to do it. I wanna have the passion — the same passion as the fanbase — and I wanna give them exactly what they give me. The miles on the speedometer say, ‘Hey, that’s gotta be done before 50.”
Cena debuted in WWE in 2002 and quickly rose to fame with his “Doctor of Thuganomics” persona, known for its hip-hop influences and Cena’s unique rap promos. He transformed into a superhero-like character that appealed to a broad audience, especially younger fans. Over the years, Cena has won multiple championships, including the WWE Championship 16 times, tying the record for the most world title wins in professional wrestling history with Ric Flair.
Beyond wrestling, Cena has successfully transitioned into acting and hosting. He has appeared in a variety of movies, including action films like “The Marine” and comedies like “Trainwreck.” His versatility as an actor has been showcased in more recent roles in “Bumblebee” and “F9: The Fast Saga.” Cena has also ventured into voice acting, lending his voice to characters in animated movies such as “Ferdinand.”
Cena has hosted reality shows and award ceremonies, demonstrating his appeal beyond the wrestling ring. His charisma and sense of humor have made him a popular host and guest star on talk shows and series.
Cena is also known for his extensive philanthropic work, particularly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He holds the record for granting the most wishes in the organization’s history, fulfilling over 650 wishes for children with critical illnesses. This commitment to giving back has garnered Cena admiration and respect far beyond his achievements in entertainment and wrestling.